Speak Up!

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Robert

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My inspiration for this short post came from a candidate whom I interviewed and during the assessment, it was clear he did not stand a chance against other shortlisted candidates, and I told him as much.  However, that did not deter him from asking, “Can I at least get an internship opportunity with the client?”

Well, I told him we would check with the client if they are open to having an intern on board, and when we did check, client was available to have a meeting with the candidate.

My point, he did speak up. He did ask.

I have come to note that some companies do encourage a culture of speaking up yet in other companies, this is foreign to them. Whatever the management decides is final and what such companies fail to realize is that this becomes a reason for employee turn over as they leave to seek better companies which will appreciate their voice and their ideas.

speak upSo yes, as much as is a two way street, you can always start speaking up if you haven’t been doing so.  An article by Forbes gives 6 reasons why you must speak up at work to thrive, i.e Command Respect, Better Your Performance, Strengthen Your Influence, Solidify Your Brand, Find Unexpected Opportunities and Accelerate Your Career.

If you are not fully convinced, see what this writer has to say on why you should speak up; 

“You Wouldn’t Have Been Hired if Your Boss Didn’t Want Your Input,
Even Half-Baked Ideas Can Start Important Conversations.
If You Don’t Speak Up, Nobody Will Speak Up for You”

Perhaps you really do want to speak up but do not know where to start?

Here are a few tips that I really liked as they are actionable and very thoughtful.

Challenge yourself today to speak up. Let your voice be heard, let your stand be known.

And if you need to change your jobs to get into an environment that listens, talk to us or check available opportunities on our website.

 

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A – Z Career Nuggets

Focus On The Goal

A – Adapt to new situations and changing environment. The today’s business world is always changing at a faster rate than ever before.

B – Be Brave; Speak up and not out when you are not happy about something at work. Also, be brave enough to share your new ideas and embrace your team’s ideas.

C – Care for your work, your team, your peers. Show genuine interest.

D – Delegate when you can especially if you are in a leadership position.

E – Excell in your tasks. There is no need to be mediocre when you can be excellent.

F – Follow-up; an important skill to have. Develop it. Be great with follow-ups, be it with clients or your team or your own pending tasks.

G – Grit; Start something and stick to it till its accomplished.

H – Humane; Remember we are all humans and prone to make mistakes.

I – Integrity; Do not compromise your reputation. Fight for what you believe in.

J – Judicious; Try to be that person that people can come to for advice, the Go-to person.

K – Knowledge; Keep learning and endeavor to be an expert in your career/field of interest.

L – Listen; Teach yourself to listen to understand and not to respond. 

M – Mystery; As much as you try to be open, keep your private life private. That is your business.

N – New things; Do not be left behind when something new is happening and especially in the face of new innovations.

O – Opportunity favours the bold; Be on the lookout for new opportunities to make a difference and to advance your career.

P – Plan ahead, be prepared for the unexpected. 

Q – Quick, ‘Speed is the new currency for business’

R – Rest, your body needs it. Take the company paid vacation and rest. Remember you can only be as productive when your whole being is as healthy. 

S – Simple, ‘Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication’. Keep things simple.

T – Trust, do not break it. It is costly.

U – Unique; Never forget that you are unique as an individual. Embrace that, be proud of who you are, and if you are not, then chart out a path that will get you there.

V – Valiant; Show courage and determination especially in the face of adversity because tough times will come.

W – Winning; Always strive for a win-win.

X – eXcited; Find out the one thing that eXcites you and go for it whether personal or professional.

Y – Youth; Stay young at heart.

Z – Zeal; Use this well. Not too much, not too little. Just enough for every situation. 

Know Yourself??

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Perhaps it is that moment to take back a seat and evaluate who you are, what you are made of and what you are capable of doing. 

I think this is key when it comes to career mapping and planning as we are better off being in a career / carrying out tasks that utilize our strengths. I came across an interesting perspective of the different types of workers in any successful project HERE and figured I share the same insight.

Hares

These are the creatives. They love to come up with ideas, no follow through, easily get bored with their ideas once they have thought through it. They are random in their thoughts and they do not seem to focus or concentrate

Owls

These individuals are practical and logical. They have to plan every step, they are great at getting people on board, will plan a strategy and mobilize people around it to achieve the goal. They are the go-getters.

Turtles

Just as the name suggests, they are slow and steady. Very suspicious of new ideas, take their time before accepting changes. Basically, the conservatives, believe in tradition, in tried and tested methods. They kind of see the problem even before it is encountered. 

Squirrels

They need structure, work in a methodological manner, step by step process both in their thought and action. They get things done as long as the expectation is clear. Highly organized and basically keeps the machine moving. 

 

Do you spot yourself? Can you see how that may influence your current output at your workplace or in any task you do?

Write back to us at Crystal Recruit, the best staffing company in Kenya and we can help you through you career planning and change.